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    16 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Success

    16 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Success

    What does career success look like to you? Is it measured by your resume, or something more?

    In the final episode of Season 2, Nat and Jenn explore the difference between a CV and legacy driven life, external and internal motivators and the dangers of Linkedin stalking! They discuss balancing living in the moment with healthy striving and the importance of celebrating your successes.

    Nat speaks with The Hon Associate Justice Ierodiaconou of the Supreme Court of Victoria, in an inspiring conversation about defining your version of success and “sustainable lawyering”.

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    • 39 min
    15 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Resilience

    15 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Resilience

    The law is full of uncertainty and challenges. So how do you cope when things don’t really go to plan?

    Resilience is a particularly important, but difficult, skill to cultivate. Nat and Jenn chat about feeling low, how to turn your thoughts around, maintaining perspective and bouncing back. They discuss support networks inside and outside the law, and how maintaining connection with others can help you find light at the end of the tunnel.

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    • 20 min
    14 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Passion

    14 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Passion

    Are you passionate about the law? Is it a harmonious or obsessive passion? Are there other passions that might nourish you, and how can you incorporate them into busy life as a lawyer?

    Nat and Jenn discuss finding passions outside the law, the relationship between passion and identity and the importance of having multiple interests from a wellbeing perspective. They explore how to make time for side projects based on the ‘nourishing versus depleting’ dichotomy.

    Nat chats to Aimee Nguyen and Sam Pearce from Bottled Snail Productions about how lawyers can get in touch with their creative passions, despite our busy schedules.

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    • 26 min
    13 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Anxiety

    13 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Anxiety

    Have you ever felt a sense of dread when a new file hits your desk? When you hear an email ‘ping’? When tallying your billables for the month?

    Lawyering can bring many rewarding challenges, but there are risks associated with persistent worry and constantly being on ‘high alert’. Nat and Jenn discuss life as an anxious lawyer, the symptoms of anxiety and strategies for management such ‘sitting with it’, gaining perspective and detachment.

    Jenn speaks with Stephanie Lau, the Holiday Psychologist, about the definition of anxiety, how to know if you’re experiencing it and the importance of self-care. They discuss the art of holidaying in a relaxing and restorative way, including letting go of FOMO!

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    • 34 min
    12 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Outlook

    12 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Outlook

    When it comes to your work and career, are you an optimist or a pessimist? As lawyers are we trained to see risk everywhere, but is this always a healthy mindset? The approach you bring to your work, such as optimism or pessimism, can have concrete impacts including on your wellbeing.

    Nat and Jenn discuss tips for identifying your outlook and the benefits of catching and flipping negative thoughts. They explore tools for cultivating a more positive mindset such as reframing your weaknesses as strengths, uploading positivity and finding a ‘third space’.

    Nat interviews the Honourable Shane Marshall, former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, about how ‘seeing yourself through yourself’ can enhance your confidence.

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    • 22 min
    11 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Trauma

    11 Compos Mentis podcast - Lawyer v Trauma

    While a pretty heavy term, what is vicarious trauma and might you have experienced it in your work as a lawyer?

    As lawyers, we can be exposed to disturbing content either through evidence gathering processes, court proceedings or when interacting with clients or witnesses who are experiencing first hand trauma. Nat and Jenn discuss the under recognition of vicarious trauma for lawyers, how it can arise in the work of law and their own experiences in practice.

    Jenn chats to lawyer and psychologist Carly Schrever about the symptoms of vicarious trauma, the relationship between trauma and empathy, and strategies for prevention and management including self-care.

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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

PeachPeachPoich ,

Excellent

(Sound quality aside) This is an exceptional podcast. Very well worth your time.

Prishika Raj ,

Awesome work!

I listened to all three episodes of this podcast series on the morning it launched and this week I find myself recalling things I heard and incorporating them into my life or the advice I give to others. I love the frank and fearless way you discuss these issues, the acknowledgement that perfect lawyers don't exist and the practical solutions for managing stress. Can't wait to hear more!!

Redaurella ,

A great resource for lawyers young and old

As a lawyer of over 20 years and also a coach, I am really delighted to discover this podcast by 2 young lawyers who grapple with the mental and life challenges of their career with honesty and authenticity. Looking forward to future episodes.

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